Iran to hold ‘Holocaust denial cartoon’ contest to assuage angst over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Iran to hold ‘Holocaust denial cartoon’ contest to assuage angst over Charlie Hebdo cartoons
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What’s that you say, sonny? You’re seeing red because some cretinous infidels poked fun at your religion with insulting cartoons? You say you are are still feeling miffed even after your fellow radical Islamists took revenge on the non-believers?

If that describes your mental state, then here’s a solution: Why not hold a contest where you invite true believers to draw cartoons insulting another religion? From the Tehran Times (via Weasel Zippers):

Iran’s House of Cartoon* and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex plan to hold another international contest on the theme of Holocaust denial in the near future.

The 2nd International Holocaust Cartoons Contest has been organized in protest against French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s recent publication of the cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad (S), the secretary of the contest, Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii, said in a press conference on Saturday.

Shojaei-Tabatabaii, who is also the director of Iran’s House of Cartoon, added that world cartoonists are asked to submit their works before the first day of April.

The first place winners will receive a cash prize of $12,000, the second place will have $8000 and the third $5000.

The top selected works will mainly go on show at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran and several other locations across the city.

Obviously, the grim irony of this remedy is lost on the organizers of this contest. Whether it is also lost on their friends in the White House is hard to know because they haven’t commented on it and aren’t likely to do so.

* Iran’s House of Cartoon is in no way affiliated with the International House of Pancakes.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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